Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fisher Tracks in Snow

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Spring Creek Turn-Around

The weather seemed a pleasant interlude between the waves of blizzard and polar temperatures. Stepping into Spring Creek (near the Caledonia fish hatchery in upstate New York) I didn’t think I’d need the gloves I’d left in the car, but after … Continue reading

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From Under the Shroud

Throughout much of this harshest winter in decades, the Conhocton River in New York has lain beneath a shroud of ice and snow. It’s been so cold that even Lake Superior is basically frozen over at this point. Each day … Continue reading

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Variations on a First Trout Fly Pattern

Learning that my daughter’s boyfriend will soon be leaving for Macedonia on a work project, the trout nut in my softening brain immediately thought about the fly-fishing in that ancient country of the Balkans. Macedonia, a small country just north … Continue reading

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Too Many Trees? An Open Letter

[Some years ago I sent a letter to an outdoor columnist of my acquaintance in response to an article he wrote for local newspapers. The article was called “Too Many Trees,” and I thought of it recently as I stood … Continue reading

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Parmachene in Glass

Named for Parmachene Lake in the American state of Maine, the Parmachene Belle, a wet fly pattern, was first tied by Henry Wells in 1878. Ray Bergman, author of Trout, brought fame to this pattern that had been tied, originally, … Continue reading

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The Murmur of a Stream

It’s been a long cold winter, and it isn’t over yet. Many rivertop streams are blanketed with ice and snow, and the trout are coping with the change. To get outdoors, away from societal noise and the yapping for attention, … Continue reading

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